United States Finishes 13th in the World Triathlon Mixed Relay Event in Hamburg
by USA Triathlon
HAMBURG, Germany – The United States placed 13th in the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg Mixed Relay event on Sunday.
The team made up of Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind.), Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) and Erika Ackerlund (Helena, Mont.) finished the race in a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes and 38 seconds.
A total of 18 nations toed the line on Sunday, following the elite triathlon individual competitions on Saturday. With the man-woman-man-woman format, each team member took on a 300-meter swim, 7-kilometer bike and 1.7-kilometer run before tagging off to their teammate.
McQueen started the first leg for the U.S., where he had a strong start, exiting second out of the water. While on the first lap of the bike he joined the leading bike pack that tallied a dozen men, but unfortunately had a bike mechanical, causing him to lose contact with the group.
The U.S. trailed over 2 minutes back and could not recover back into contention throughout the remaining legs.
Great Britain earned the Hamburg gold, completing the race in a time of 1:20:50. Australia secured the silver in 1:21:03, with the home nation of Germany 7 seconds behind in 1:21:10.
Hamburg was the final Mixed Relay event of the season. The U.S. started the year finishing in ninth place in WTCS Leeds and then won the bronze medal at the Mixed Relay World Championships in Montreal last month.
2022 World Triathlon Championships Series Mixed Relay Hamburg
300m swim, 7k bike, 1.7k run (X4) - Complete Results
Mixed Relay Podium
1. Great Britain (Barclay Izzard, Sian Rainsley, Samuel Dickinson, Kate Waugh), 1:20:50
2. Australia (Luke Willian, Sophie Linn, Matthew Hauser, Natalie Van Coevorden), 1:21,03
3. Germany (Valentin Wernz, Lisa Tertsch, Lasse Nygaard Priester, Laura Lindemann), 1:21:10
13. United States (Chase McQueen, Taylor Spivey, Seth Rider, Erika Ackerlund), 1:24:38